The Department of Higher Education announced Tuesday campus partnerships that will support minority students at both of Pueblo’s colleges to reach key educational milestones.
Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of CDHE, announced a $500,000 Talent, Innovation and Equity grant before more than 40 business and community leaders from across the state Tuesday at History Colorado in Denver.
The grant was awarded by Lumina Foundation last year and will be used for programs at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College, as well as Community College of Aurora.
“We are honored to partner with CDHE on an initiative that maps to the goals we have set at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Our faculty and staff at CSU-Pueblo know that academic ability is not limited to a zip code,” said CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet.
PCC President Patty Erjavec said the opportunity to partner with the department and the Lumina Foundation provides PCC with some additional resources and the support to further foster the school’s vision of becoming a TRIO-like college.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for PCC to partner with CDHE and the Lumina Foundation to move forward our vision for student success with our most vulnerable populations. Again, I stress that we have smart, capable students who have so much potential. They simply need our collective support to achieve the unimaginable,” Erjavec said.